ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. is being hailed as a possible rising star in Republican politics and maybe even a candidate for New York City mayor, but he says he's not in any hurry to seek public office.
Leading New York Republicans including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani are praising the eldest son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as an up-and-comer who might have a future in state politics. The 38-year-old says he may consider a run for office once his children grow older, but that's doing little to dampen the enthusiasm of New York Republicans hungry for fresh talent.
While sister Ivanka Trump has long impressed New York Republicans, top Republicans say they began to consider Trump Jr.'s potential this week following his speech at the recently concluded Republican National Convention. Like Ivanka Trump, he would have a lot to offer the state GOP: deep pockets, local roots and instant name recognition.
Republican delegate Brian Kolb, the minority leader of the state Assembly, said people in the state are always looking to see who the rising stars are and people feel that way about Trump Jr.
"But if his father becomes president, he may have other things to do," Kolb said. "Someone will have to run the family business, after all."
Giuliani went even further in remarks to reporters at the RNC, which took place in Cleveland this week.
"I would think he'd be one hell of a candidate," Giuliani said. "I would have to know more about what he'd do, but he'd be a great candidate."
Trump Jr., an executive at the Trump Organization who has played an active role in his father's campaign, hasn't ruled out a future in politics.
"Maybe when the kids get out of school, I would consider it," he said at a convention breakfast meeting, according to the New York Post.
He has five children with his wife, Vanessa Haydon.
Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, Trump's campaign co-chair in New York and an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 2010, said he would caution Trump Jr. not to run.
"Politics is a very dirty game. I don't think I'd advise my kid to get involved in it," he said. "I don't expect him to announce he's running for anything. And my advice would be absolutely not."
Ivanka Trump has long been discussed as a possible candidate and has not ruled out the possibility of seeking office. She introduced her father before his acceptance speech on Thursday.
Democrats aren't overly concerned about a possible Trump dynasty, though.
"I wish them all the best," said New York Assemblyman Keith Wright, D-Harlem, a Hillary Clinton delegate at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. "Running for mayor of New York City is a bit more than one television appearance or one speech. Maybe he should try a reality show first."